Michael J. Penney is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps infantry and combat veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan. He served with 3rd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment weapons company deploying twice to Ramadi, Iraq in 2005-2006 and 2007. After reenlisting during his second tour, Michael transferred to Quantico and became a weapons instructor. He is certified as a combat marksmanship coach, trainer and instructor trainer. He’s a formal school instructor, school trained designated marksman, small arms weapons instructor and foreign weapons instructor. In 2011 Michael deployed on a third combat tour, this time with 1st battalion 5th Marines, leading a section of advisors through Kajaki & Sangin Afghanistan. Having served in two wars over 8 years of service in the infantry, Michael left the Marine Corps as a Sergeant.
Now he is an entrepreneur and public speaker.
After leaving the Corps in 2012, Michael set out as an entrepreneur. He is one of the hosts of Cigars and Sea Stories, author of the “5 Paragraph Business Plan“, and a regular contributor to other veteran publications. Michael is a professional speaker with engagements at Better Homes and Gardens realty group, The Luther Hodges Business Ethics initiative, and TEDx Raleigh where he presented “What’s your IED? How to add value in explosive situations“. When he’s not toiling away in the office, Michael enjoys spending time shooting, hunting and, hanging out in nature. In the evening you’ll find him out on the back deck with a cup of coffee and a cigar, puffing away, sharing sea stories with fellow Marines & veterans.
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